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Happy ninth birthday, OpenStreetMap

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fondant map, map cupcakes by Betsy

Another OpenStreetMap birthday celebration has come and gone. Another tableful of map-themed confections has been consumed, or spirited-off in doggy bags. More happy mappers have found their way home after another day of mapping and chatting. And all is right with the world.

Betsy raised the confection bar this year by rendering a Toronto neighbourhood in fondant and using that for toppers on mini-cupcakes. They were awesome. Thanks so much!

OSM Birthday Party 2013

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OpenStreetMap themed cupcake toppers in fondant.

Mappers love treats. It is known.

The OpenStreetMap Ninth Birthday celebration is being held today at various locations around the globe. These are just a few of the treats waiting for the Toronto mappers.

Yes. This is a highway interchange diorama, in fondant. Yes, an OpenStreetMap logo. Yes. A highway shield for Autoroute 10 in Québec. Naturally. :-)

Mapper snacks

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delicious snacks from Japan

OpenStreetMap contributor ikiya sent some delicious Japanese snacks for Toronto mappers to enjoy at a recent Mappy Hour. He also sent State of the Map sticker from SotM - Tokyo.

Thank you, ikiya!

Ikiya is a driving force in the Japanese OpenStreetMap community and has often posted photos of delicous Map Cakes at OpenStreetMap Birthday party celebrations. I've admired the artistry and cullinary skills he displays.

Toronto OpenStreetMap Hack Weekend

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happy hackers at 2013 Toronto OpenStreetMap Hack Weekend

The Toronto OpenStreetMap Hack Weekend or, more formally, The Second Annual Canadian OpenStreetMap Developer Weekend, was held from Friday, 08 March to Sunday, 10 March 2013 at various venues. And it was wonderful.

The Toronto OpenStreetMap Hack Weekend is winding down. It has been three days of coding, outreach and socializing.

OpenStreetMap local outreach for new communities

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welcoming sign at the entrance to the subdivision

Telling people about OpenStreetMap is fun. Seeing the lights come on when somebody gets it is gratifying. And that sort of face-to-face advocacy has been the most effective way to add new mappers to the community. That has been the case since the early days in English pubs and it is still the case now.

Advanced GPS voodoo with Ubuntu

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Several Garmin GPSes work well with Ubuntu as a mass USB storage device. Navigating the menu to enable the mass USB device can be a bit of a headache. Here is an alternative that takes less fumbling with the joyclick on the Garmin and that does a better job of grabbing the data.

Better maps for your GPS

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Do you want a better map for your GPS? You can use a map from OpenStreetMap on your Garmin GPS depending on the model of your device. You'll find several devices listed on the OpenStreetMap wiki. I'll demonstrate with a Garmin etrex Vista HCx, other models may vary.

Garmin made the unfortunate choice of using a proprietary data format for their maps. There are several ways to convert map data to Garmin format.

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